Day 175 The Great Commandment Matt 22: 34-40; Mark 12:28-34; Luke 10: 25-28

Guided reflection:

Read Mark’s passage.   Remember the 10 commandments of the Old Testament?  Well, the religious leaders of Jesus’ day had made their job not only watching for the Big Ten, but had added pages and pages of extra rules on the poor Jews of the day.  Trying again to trick Jesus, they asked him which was the most important… and Jesus summed all of their rules up in one rule:: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and with all your strength, and your neighbor as yourself.   Think about it – go over the list of commandments – doesn’t loving God cover the first 4.. and loving others and self are covered in the rest of them?  No biggie, the rule is LOVE!  We need to quit making it so complicated!   Do this and you will live, Jesus says!

Guided prayer:

“You keep it so simple and we make it so difficult.  The sole purpose of our lives on this earth is to be the center of your love and share that with others.  What do we try to make it so hard sometimes?  Forgive me, and show me where and how to love today.  Amen”